Upcoming Events

GWAC Holiday Brunch

December 05, 2015
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

M Steet Bar & Grill
2033 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

More Details to Come!!

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Finding Balance Series: Desserts with GWAC!

December 10, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Happy Holidays!!!

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BINGO at the Washington Center for Aging Services

December 12, 2015
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th St., N.E.,
Washington, DC 20018.

Our Holiday Bingo Event

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Holiday Shopping Event

December 13, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202

More Details to Come!!

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A Toast to GWAC

January 14, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

City Club of Washington
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Happy New Year!

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Revetta Dixon and Janea Raines were selected for their stellar service and commitment to GWAC.  These ladies are responsible for our timely and diverse job postings, as well as the professional development programming that happens at general body meetings and throughout the bar year.  Please read more about each of them below.  



Revetta Dixon currently serves GWAC as co-chair of the Employment and Professional Development Committee.

After graduation from law school, Revetta joined a small general practice before moving into the field of business management. Currently, Revetta is the business and human resources manager for a multi-million dollar dental practice in Alexandria, Virginia, where she recently guided the company through acquisition by a new practitioner.  Revetta previously served as the business and marketing manager for a mid-sized dental practice, also providing guidance for contractual matters and practice sale.

Revetta is a 2005 graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law and a 2001 graduate of Hampton University.

In addition to GWAC, Revetta is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.




Janea J. Raines currently serves GWAC as the Law Student Affairs Chair and the Employment and Professional Development Co-Chair.

Janea J. Raines currently serves as a Trial Attorney to the Personnel and Labor Relations of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. In this role, she provides trial and appellate representation of personnel matters before the Office of Employee Appeals, Office of Administrative Hearings, Metropolitan Police Department Adverse Action Panels and Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Trial Boards on behalf of various District agencies.

Ms. Raines received her J.D. and Certificate of Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May of 2013, where she served in various leadership roles within the National Black Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Reporter and the ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial team. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys (ret.) of the Northern District Court of Illinois as well as Labor Relations extern at the Chicago Board of Education Department of Law.

Since relocating to D.C. in November 2013, Ms. Raines has not wasted any time immersing herself in the legal community. She is a proud member of the Washington Council for Lawyers and Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network. She also maintains active participation with the American Bar Association Section of Litigation on the Judicial Internship Opportunities Program as a mentor and the student selection committee.

2015-2016 Networking Reception Video

Reception Pictures

40th Anniversary Tea

2015 Charlotte E. Ray Award Reception honoring Kirra L. Jarratt

Greetings!  I am extremely humbled to serve as your President for the 2015-2016 bar year.  GWAC was founded on the principles of community engagement and improving opportunities for African American women in the legal profession.  My predecessors all worked extremely hard to ensure that this organization continued to thrive and impact the lives of those in and beyond the Greater Washington D.C. area; thus, I do not take my position lightly.  As a proud graduate of Howard University School of Law, it goes without saying that I was trained to appreciate the critical role of the black lawyer.  We cannot simply be comfortable in using our law degrees to be strictly litigators, professors, analysts, lobbyists, and/or politicians. Instead, if you are not already aware, I challenge you to understand that our purpose is much greater.  We are social engineers, called to influence and educate not just our fellow practitioners but, more importantly, to advance the causes of African Americans as a whole.  

In addition, here in the District of Columbia, Charlotte E. Ray made history by passing the bar exam and becoming the nation’s first African American woman lawyer.  To this end, we must not overlook the unique bond we share as black women.  I was once asked whether there is a need for an organization like GWAC, and why, since black women hold positions in many D.C.-Metro area bar associations.  Undeterred, I immediately realized that I was being given an opportunity to not only educate this particular individual but to substantiate the importance of my esteemed association. No matter how lucrative and straightforward even the most successful black woman lawyer's career path has been, undoubtedly, there are certain experiences that she has distinctively shared with all other black women in this profession. Thus, it is imperative that we continue to advance and protect our interests through educational programming, networking, service, and similar opportunities.  

My goals this bar year include fostering GWAC’s continued presence in the D.C. legal community, working closely alongside our parent organization, the National Bar Association and our fellow affiliate, the Washington Bar Association, promoting a significant amount of resources and relevant programing to members from all stages of the profession, and actively interacting and serving our community. I am always accessible and encourage you to reach out with any questions, ideas, and/or concerns for purposes of making this bar year successful. Finally, please encourage your colleagues, family members, and friends to join GWAC or renew their membership.  The support of the legal community has been a significant factor in keeping GWAC a constant, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Warmest Regards, 

 Brandes S. G. Ash, President, 2015-2016

Join Now!!

We would love for you to be part of our organization.  We have several career, social, and professional development events planned for this year.  Remember, membership has its advantages, such as access to the GWAC job bank and an invitation to some of our signature events.

We hope you consider joining our organization. Regular Membership is $65, Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.